Chris Burke achieved her 1st summit on Ama Dablam with Lakpa (his 21st!!!!) on Nov 29th. Ama Dablam has been a goal of Chris' for a while after sickness foiled her 1st attempt in 2010. Feeling fit off Parchermo this time around, Chris topped out in good spirits, even after they were pushed back to base camp during the 1st summit bid by strong winds. Due to the lateness in the season, Chris enjoyed the mountain alone without other teams. A real treat as Ama Dablam is a popular peak in autumn.
Himalayan Ascent kicked off its autumn season a few weeks ago with multiple trips going multiple directions. In the Khumbu, Jangbu and Gaylgen, have recently successfully guided French couple, Marie Helene and Jean-Pierre Rougeron, on Lobuche East. Marie Helene is now on Ama Dablam aiming to summit on Oct 20. Australians Diane Westaway and Marty Beare have also topped out on Lobuche East and are resting up in Ama Dablam base camp. They too now have their sights in our favorite Khumbhu mountain, Ama Dablam.
Well a bit of time has passed since the last update, and I am pleased to report that summits of both Nirekha and Kyaji Ri were reached! Last Friday Matt successfully reached the summit of Nirekha, accompanied by Ang, Passang, Lakpa, Passang Chutin and trip Leader Pat Hollingworth. Troy gave it a crack but didn't have enough energy on the day, and Meri and Caroline were both a bit crook and unable to leave the tents. The other guys were healthy enough but decided the warmth of the sleeping bag was preferable to a cold and hard fought summit. The views of Everest and Cho Oyu from the top were spectacular, and the route made for interesting climbing. It's a bit steeper and more direct than Lobuche East, and why it isn't climbed more regularly is beyond me - it is a really nice climb!
Hi,This is Sumit from the office in Kathmandu. I spoke to Lakpa yesterday, who was setting up high camp for our 3 peaks group on Lobuche East. First out of three they will try to climb tomorrow. All the group members are doing well and they left base camp of Lobuche yesterday for the lake camp, which is at around 5400m. If all goes well they are planning to summit Lobuche east tomorrow morning sometimes.